Mortlach (1050) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12/12/2012 330ml bottle. Nera, liquorosa, quasi impenetrabile, riflessi color caffè, schiuma color beige, leggera e poco persistente. Aroma straordinariamente intenso di vaniglia, cioccolato, malti tostati, whisky torbato. In bocca è meno esplosiva, dolciastra, cioccolato, leggero torbato, non invadente, ha un corpo medio, molto scorrevole al palato, la carbonazione è quasi assente. Un vero capolavoro al confronto di altre birre sullo stesso stile decisamente più grezze.
ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted @ Grain Cru - Roll Out the Barrels, Belgian Beer Café.
Produced up an oily yet thinly looking, tawny brown, headless bar a tan ring on the meniscus and almost still. Aside a hint of Bovril and molasses there is bountiful oak and whisky notes on the nose with licks of molasses, stonefruit and charred wood. Dominated by the heated, spiced whisky and oak of the barrel aging it is reasonably mellowing in the mouth even for its modest alcohol content. Body is light, oily and a little awkward being its only downfall. Plenty of vanilla and vinous tannins present with a fatty, lipid note similar to the 12YO. Peat and smoke, ash and a strange meaty note of Biltong linger amongst the oak long between sips. Very much a fire-side, slow-sipper that’s rather pleasant to drink. (33cL, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
callmemickey (3167) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black body, moderate light tan head, soapy lacing. Nose is whisky, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and roasted malts. Flavor is similar, but the whisky takes on a nice peaty/smoky character that ads additional depth and complexity. Full bodied, gentle carbonation, lingering lightly bitter finish.
Scopey (7869) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (#25173, August 2010). Thanks Nick! It pours very dark brown, near black with a thin light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla, light smoke, earth, light whisky and charred wood. The taste is roasted malt, toast, chocolate, mellow whisky, oak, earth, ash, vanilla, warming alcohol, some smoke, liquorice and light iodine with a long dry, roasty finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Very well balanced. Complex and flavoursome, yet smooth and mellow. Does not disappoint.
Zita (5065) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
light vanilla,hell chocolate, tar,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish, a lot of diffrent tast and nice whisky finish.
Hansen (7067) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown almost black. Has an off-white head, medium duration. Exellent aroma, sweet malt, woody vanilla, woody acid, faint roasted, faint laqurice, smoke? Flavor starts sweet, then some acid, more vanilla, moderate bitter finish. Almost harmonic.
zimbo (631) - SCOTLAND - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is complex, creamy and really inspires some decadent salivating. There is that beautiful furry velevety complexity on the tongue but the taste sort of gets lost in the tactile sensations. Very nice, a slow soother but not a game changer.
zvikar (3882) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - SEP 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Pours black with a beige head, aroma is sticky with some whiskey, chocolate, brandy, plum, wood, sweetness, rounded, flavor is smoked with some chocolate, honey, coffee, cigar, whiskey, wood and light acidity, full bodied, amazing
kerenmk (2788) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks zvikar. Pours black, opaque with a brownish head. Wood, slightly smoked, a little acetic + soy aroma. Tastes sweet and tends to be a little dry with some vanilla. Full body, sleek, hardly any carbonation.
DSG (6534) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks zvikar. Very dark brown to black with a beige to light brown head. Aroma of whiskey, smoked wood, chocolate, some roastiness and a fruity hint. Sweetish flavor with some roastiness, chocolate notes, light fruity notes, smoke, wood and s dry finish, slightly burnt. Medium to full-bodied. Very good stuff.